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I'm very fond of Top Chef cafe. It was the first shop I went to when I moved to this end of Brockley and I'd got my family over to help me decorate the flat - everything was a mess, so not change of me doing breakfast. They were all really friendly, chatting to us about the new flat (we were obviously decorating) and I felt glad to have them at the bottom of the road.The breakfast baguettes are winners every time, and the people who work there always have a chat, and even ask about me when my partner goes in.I like the Brockley Mess for a sit down brunch, but for a dirty egg and cheese baguette, you can't do better than Top Chef cafe!
Ah, but do they pass the sausage test?
No, not nice sausages. But for that money, do you care?
Dare I ask...?
I run an imaginary cafe. I'll give you a free breakfast, my daughters hand in marriage and one of my kidneys if you'll do a revue.
Terrible - always empty when Brockley Mess is always full - says it all.
Really good milkshakes, especially the feraro roche one! Friendly staff too,
Top Chef is my first choice in Brockley for a recovery fry-up. Great value and very good service.
Really, really decent food. Great breakfasts and they'll customise it any way you like.When working at home in the week I'll often pop in for a lunch which again is incredibly satisfying with a wide selection of dishes to suit all tastes.Great coffee and really fresh, crusty bread too. To be heavily recommended, one of the first places I take anyone staying over.
Is this the cafe nr The Mess? If so it's a big favourite with students for the roast lunch in the week and with workmen for their breakfast and lunch.
The Hungry Horace on Ewhurst Road uses Pete the Butcher's sausages and bacon. Absolutely fantastic. The sausage test is all that matters.
The breakfasts swim in beans and they use Stork as butter. urgh. The last straw was rotten cabbage in the bubbleI love the breakfasts in the Mess but I feel robbed spending over £20 for 2 breakfasts.Crofton cafe is a happy medium
Needs a renovation
'Mess breakfasts are more than 10 quid? BlimeyYou can go to Top Chef with a fiver and still have change for a paper. They follow a far more honest and ethical pricing model than other establishments.
Central Café also does a good breakfast for well under a tenner and the staff remember and are friendly to regular customers, something some of the more recent additions to the high street could learn from. That said a notable exception is Degustation, where the proprietors can't do enough to be helpful and friendly.
Slightly hungover in TM2 about to tuck into a full toad ... you can't get better than that!
@Dan and anon, I'm surprised you think the Mess is overpriced - I think it's pretty keenly priced, when you weigh up the quality of the ingredients etc. I would much rather spend £7 or £8 for a good-quality fry-up than £3 for cheap sinew-stuffed sausages, eggs from miserable battery hens and bacon that is pumped with water.
What are you having in the Mess to make it £20 for two breakfasts>
Non, Superbe. Bon apetit. A demain monsieur.
Cetait pour Le Kiwi naturellement.
Perfectly happy with the sausages, eggs and bacon from top chef!
Lovely eggs royale in the Mess, £4.95, bosh! Top Chef is great for a quick bacon buttie though. Never tempted by Zeke's for some reason - perhaps it's that that side of the road is too full of death and old ovens
Another TC fan here. Having tried the rest of the local offerings which, frankly were all price tag and no substance - I keep coming back to the 'Chef.
TC was the ONLY place to get anything to eat around here before Moonbows and Toads - and I'm afraid that since the advent of the other options I've only visited them occasionally. As a 'caff' they are really good - and value for money. Where they come out tops though is the staff - a really friendly bunch.
2 full English, 2 coffees , 2 waters.= + £20.
Had breakfast there once. On the tatty side, but not at all bad for the price. Black pudding was a bit on the bland side, but I'm used to the more heavily-spiced Scottish version. The fried bread appeared to have been deep-fried: whether this is a good or bad thing is up to you. Downsides: instant coffee, put milk in my friend's tea without asking.
I love Top Chef. They're the best for the fry up full breakfast you need every now and then. Also, I'm partial to their sausage and egg sarnie. It's dirty but good. The Mess does an okay Eggs Royale (I've eaten that all over the place as it's one of my favourites and the Mess is only ok) - but a certain member of staff is always somewhat on the rude side.
Always feel welcome in Top Chef, by the two brothers that run it. Food is quality and fresh, and as someone posted earlier they will happily customize your order.Top Chef, top marks!
Had a Top Chef breakfast on Sunday. Bacon was fine, beans two eggs, flaccid toast with marge, tea and an unspeakably poor sausage.Turns out its a bog standard 'spoon, who'd have thunk it? (yes they were friendly etc and got exactly what I expected so not disappointed)
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